#613: Russ Roberts on Lessons from F.A. Hayek and Nassim Taleb, Decision-Making Insights from Charles Darwin, The Dangers of Scientism, Wild Problems in Life and the Decisions That Define Us, Learnings from the Talmud, The Role of Prayer, and The Journey
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Russ Roberts on Lessons from F.A. Hayek and Nassim Taleb, Decision-Making Insights from Charles Darwin, The Dangers of Scientism, Wild Problems in Life and the Decisions That Define Us, Learnings from the Talmud, The Role of Prayer, and The Journey to Transcendence | Brought to you by Athletic Greens all-in-one nutritional supplement, Eight Sleep’s Pod Pro Cover sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating, and Pique premium pu’er tea crystals. More on all three below.
Russ Roberts (@EconTalker) is the President of Shalem College in Jerusalem and the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Roberts is interested in making complicated ideas understandable. He founded and hosts the award-winning weekly podcast EconTalk: Conversations for the Curious—with more than 800 episodes available in the archives. Past guests include Christopher Hitchens, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Lewis, Angela Duckworth, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb. His two rap videos on the ideas of John Maynard Keynes and F.A. Hayek have more than thirteen million views on YouTube.
His latest book, Wild Problems: A Guide to the Decisions That Define Us, explores the challenges of using rationality when facing big life decisions. He is also the author of Gambling With Other People’s Money,How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life, The Price of Everything, The Invisible Heart, and The Choice.
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[06:36] How Russ’ father chose to cultivate fatherhood.
[10:45] Does quality time demand quantity time?
[12:31] What does Shalem mean?
[14:10] What’s wrong with scientism?
[20:56] The curious task of economics, according to F.A. Hayek.
[23:18] What is a Hayekian?
[25:09] What prompted Russ to write Wild Problems?
[29:05] How Russ’ ideas about data have changed over the years.
[33:04] Making decisions: Charles Darwin vs. Homer vs. Russ.
[43:30] What makes people ideal life partners?
[52:19] Marriage as a form of growing up.
[56:53] Life lessons from Bill Belichick.
[1:02:04] Why Russ and his wife decided to move to Israel.
[1:07:45] Impressions of Jerusalem since making the move.
[1:13:34] The role of religion in Russ’ life.
[1:22:00] Life lessons from Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
[1:29:16] Thoughts on The Talmud, reading, and spending time in a finite life.
[1:35:14] You don’t have to be religious to have transcendent experiences.
[1:41:31] Tips for staying humble.
[1:48:48] Parting thoughts.
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